Man Arrested After Middlesex Shooting, Fuel Truck Chase

Release from Middlesex County, Va.:

Saturday, July 30 at 10:28 p.m. A 911 call was made to the Middlesex Sheriff's Office communications center reporting that a verbal domestic altercation was going on between and man and his wife in the 100 block of Myrtle Lane in Saluda. 

The caller told the dispatcher that the people arguing were her parents and that her father had arrived at her home armed with a gun.   Deputy Norman Sibley made contact with the female caller and her mother.  The woman who had been in the domestic with  her husband told Sibley that they had argued and that her husband had fired  a gun at her and then left the residence before the deputy arrived.  

Sibley's supervisor, Major R. C. Green arrived on scene and was being briefed on the situation when they heard a shot ring out from close by.  The deputies took cover as more shots were fired. 

The man who had the gun, later identified as David O. Thomas, 51 of Saluda, was seen driving away in a small red pickup truck, striking a stationary generator as he accelerated away. 

At that time, Deputy Elizabeth Sibley escorted the armed man's wife to the Sheriff's Office for safety until the incident was resolved.  

After several  more  shots were fired by Thomas, he was seen returning to a neighboring  house, and got into a 10-wheel  fuel transport truck, showing the deputies and troopers that had taken cover in the area that he now had a shot gun and a hand gun in his possession.  Thomas was ordered several times during the ordeal to drop his weapons and surrender, but refused each time.

Thomas drove the fuel truck onto Route 33 in Saluda, all the while being followed by county patrol cars with their emergency lights engaged. Thomas pulled into the 7-11 parking lot in Saluda, pointed the handgun out the driver's side window at the store clerk standing inside. 

The clerk was motioned by Thomas to bring him a cell phone.  The clerk walked a cell phone out to the fuel truck while the gun was kept on her, after the exchange, she ran for cover toward BB&T bank where another Trooper was observing the situation. 

Thomas then pulled back out onto Route 33 heading east.  Major Green fired at the front and rear tires of the fuel truck as it passed him.  Deputy Norman Sibley fired at the rear tire as well.  The truck continued 8/10 of mile further before coming to a stop near the Park N Ride in Saluda. 

Thomas got out of the vehicle and surrendered at that time.

Thomas was charged with attempted first degree murder, robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling, eluding police, driving while intoxicated, reckless handing of a firearm, and reckless driving. 

Thomas was arraigned on the charges on Monday in General District Court, and was remanded back to the Middle Peninsula Regional Security, ordered held with no bond.

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